Has an in view LCD display which I find very important in a rangefinder Has an optical magnification up to 4 times the original view Employs just a single button for its operation Has a range capacity of up to 600 yards supposedly
I have not been fond of hunting but it has been a subject of interest for me. Having acquired a Marlin Papoose take down rifle recently to improve my shooting, I decided to push my liking for ballistics further by engaging in the hunting season. The gun’s ease of use has become an amateur shooter’s arsenal, which I admit, am. My first experience during the muzzle loader season was a disaster. Not acquainted with real life shooting outside of the shooting range, my distance calculations were definitely off and I could not shoot at anything more than tree bark. This apparently scared of most of the game to the disdain of the senior hunters. So rather than worsening the situation with my off aim, I sat the rest of the session out. We went home with one deer.
Choosing My Solution
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My father-in-law is an avid golfer and suggested a rangefinder to remedy my hunting problem. I didn’t want to sit the whole season out, I told him. He took me to the course a few days later to demonstrate the use of a rangefinder in calculating distance. With his Bushnell, he was able to merely point and shoot at a target and the laser would immediately pick up a reading which in my opinion was fairly accurate. This knowledge of the range between him and the hole allowed him to mentally calculate the effort in his swing and even in the trajectory of the ball. He won that day with scores at an all-time low. I was impressed with this and set out to find my own rangefinder as well.
The Simmons LRF 600
My criteria for a rangefinder were something that was within the limits of my budget. I was not too keen on paying $400 on a device I wasn’t going to use as often. I went online to compare prices of rangefinders and found on hunting rangefinder reviews that the Simmons LRF 600 was one of the most affordable on the market. I quickly checked its specs and here are a few that I found necessary to elaborate:
- Has an in view LCD display which I find very important in a rangefinder
- Has an optical magnification up to 4 times the original view
- Employs just a single button for its operation
- Has a range capacity of up to 600 yards supposedly
Advantages of the Simmons LRF 600
So for one-fourth the price of a Bushnell or any other elite rangefinder brand, I thought the Simmons LRF 600 would be efficient for my amateur hunting skills. I’m not very skilled with the particulars of rangefinder technology so the simplicity of the LRF 600 was an added plus. Other advantages of this device are as follows:
Gives accurate readings up to 100 plus yards
According to hunting rangefinder reviews, the Simmons LRF 600 is pretty accurate up to 200 yards despite its advertised 600 yard range. I went to the reserve to try out my new toy and I was pretty happy with the immediate results. At 50 to 100 yards it was very accurate even if there were large trees that acted as makeshift obstacles. Above 100 to 200 yards, it gave readings with an error of one or two yards more or less. I needed to do a number of tries before settling with the most precise reading.
Easy to use
I personally love the vertical design of the LRF 600. It fits great in the palm of my hand even in a relaxed grip. The single button operation is also a relief especially for quick readings.
Disadvantages of the Simmons LRF 600
Although it worked great the first time I used it, it started to show some flaws later on. These are the disadvantages below:
Can be unreliable at times
The LRF was advertised to give accurate readings up to 600 yards but point it at anything more than 200 yards and it loses accuracy. I don’t expect myself to snipe a deer at 300 yards but I still would have enjoyed a superior product as said in hunting rangefinder reviews.
Sucks at low light conditions
Not that the Simmons LRF 600 can’t perform when there’s an overcast, but it’s figures in the LCD display become hard to read. This is particularly because of the black font that displays the readings which become almost camouflaged in low light conditions.
All in all, the Simmons LRF 600 is a great device for amateurs in hunting like me. Despite its flaws, I’m not necessarily bothered because I don’t plan to shoot anything more than 200 yards. And for its price, it really does deliver. I’m glad I did my research on hunting rangefinder reviews before making this purchase.